Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta and Paul Stickland, published by Doubleday Children's (Random House Children's UK)
When our daughter was just over a year old, her geophysicist uncle bought her a cuddly Diplodocus. 'Dippy', as she has called him since, has always had pride of place among the VIP cuddlies in her bed.
Around the same time, she was given a copy of Dinosaur Roar!, Henrietta and Paul Stickland's marvelous creation, a fun-filled adjective adventure, which has delighted children for more than two decades.
The book contains a series of dinosaur opposites scored by a gentle rhyme: "Dinosaur sweet, dinosaur grumpy; dinosaur spiky, dinosaur lumpy".
From her first read, our daughter's favourite has been Dinosaur tiny, while she always remarks "I don't like that slimy one". She also loves the final page, a feast for the eyes and the tummies, as the dinosaurs all join together for their lunch: "Gobble, gobble, nibble, nibble, munch, munch, scrunch!"
According to Paul Stickland's website, his book was created in a tiny Somerset village, fittingly only 30 miles from the Jurassic Coast - it has since reached a truly global audience. With its bold colours, huge (and tiny) characters, and fun rhythm, this is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages for many decades to come.
P.S. We also recommend the Dinosaur Roar! Playbox - a large fold out mat and a set of miniature dinosaurs - which has been a huge hit!